Covert Operations: The Medieval Uses of Secrecy (Google eBook)

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University of Pennsylvania Press, May 28, 2012 - Law - 304 pages
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Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book

In Covert Operations, Karma Lochrie brings the categories and cultural meanings of secrecy in the Middle Ages out into the open. Isolating five broad areasóconfession, women's gossip, medieval science and medicine, marriage and the law, and sodomitic discourseóLochrie examines various types of secrecy and the literary texts in which they are played out. She reads texts as central to Middle English studies as the "Parson's Tale," the "Miller's Tale," the Secretum Secretorum, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as well as a broad range of less familiar works, including a gynecological treatise and a little-known fifteenth-century parody in which gossip and confession become one. As she does so she reveals a great deal about the medieval pastóand perhaps just as much about the early development of the concealments that shape the present day.

  

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Contents

Introduction or Dark Matter
1
Gossip Women and Indiscreet Secrets
56
The Secret of Secrets and
93
Covert Women and Their Mysteries
135
Sodomy and Other Female Perversions
177
Notes
229
Bibliography
273
Index
287
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About the author (2012)

Karma Lochrie is Ruth Halls Professor of English at Indiana University. She is the author of Margery Kempe and Translations of the Flesh, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.